I have read most of the recent posts over the past month, and it is clear that there are a wide variety of Clipper fans and I don't have the time or energy to read everyone's profile. For the most part, the banter back and forth is friendly with a few jabs here and there (obviously there are two prominent exceptions), but everyone has their own perspective on the team and this is the place to voice it. So, having started this post, I will go first.
I was born and raised in LA as a Laker fan. My family had season tickets to the Lakers at the Sports Arena (yeah, you read it right) in the days of West, Baylor, Goodrich, Hazard and Imhoff. I was pretty young, but remember going to the games with my dad. We had seats at center court in the Loge about 3 rows back. When the Lakers went to the Forum, we had seats in Row J behind the visitors bench, right at the free-throw line. Awesome seats. Ticket prices jumped and Dad dumped the tix.
Went away to college in Berkeley so became a semi GSW fan while I was there. Went to a few GSW v. Laker games but lost interest in the Lakers after everyone jumped on the Laker Bandwagon while they were winning. I still like GSW but they are not the team I primarily root for, but I would like to see them do well.
Moved back to LA in the late 70's and wanted hoops tix, but Laker tix were way out of my budget and I would not sit in the nose bleed seats. Games weren't on TV as often either and then they were tape delayed. When the Clippers moved to town in '84, I bought season tix, not so much because I was a Clipper fan (I wasn't), but because I was a basketball fan and I wanted to see all the teams play and Clipper tix were the way to do that without breaking the bank. After about 2 seasons, I became a dedicated Clipper Fan even though we were not very good. But we played scrappy ball with Dailey, Drew, Williams, Gage and Baby Hughey (Benoit Benjamin). I have stuck with the team ever since even though we have had very little success - only 4 play off appearances in the past 26 years.
Most of you have not been a Clipper fan as long has I have or have had to put up with 21 sub .500 seasons as long as I have, though I am sure there maybe some who go all the way back to the days of the Braves. I would love to hear from any fans who started off rooting for the Buffalo Braves.
Even though I am a Clipper fan, I am sick of losing, sick of DTS being the McScrooge of the NBA and sick of stupid draft picks ala Olowokandi and players that refused to play if they were drafted by the Clippers. If I seem bitter or a "doomer" in my posts, it is because I am frustrated with the franchise and it's piss poor management. We need a Cuban-like owner who wants to win and will pay to acquire the players to win. We need a savvy GM who other GM's respect. I will give VDN a chance before commenting on him. I've been patient for 26 years and if Cubs fans can wait as long as they have, I can wait too.